Ropchan Wildlife Refuge

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Address 4990 N. SR 827, Fremont, IN 46737
County http://Steuben
Acreage 169.0 acres
Trail length 3.4 miles
Trail difficulty
Year Acquired 1976, 1977, 1982
Preserve Guide Download
State Dedicated Preserve

This trail system is slated for retirement. It will close to the public by the end of 2024 as part of ACRES’ comprehensive plan to update visitor amenities at our nature preserves. Learn more at


Glaciers sculpted this country, creating rolling hills and gravel and sand kames, as well as a kettle-hole lake, Cemetery Lake. The preserve has an upland oak/hickory forest, once-cultivated fields in different stages of succession and wetlands by the lake. This is a natural sanctuary for birds, other wildlife and plants. A platform near the creek is used by visitors looking for ducks and other water birds, great blue herons, muskrats and beavers.

By the Numbers

volunteers worked 2,500 hours in the field, office and on the trails